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  • How the Internet Archive Digitizes 3,500 Books a Day – the Hard Way, One Page at a Time

    Does turning the pages of an old book excite you? How about 3 million pages? That’s how many pages Eliza Zhang has scanned over her ten years with the Internet Archive, using Scribe, a specialized scanning machine invented by Archive engineers over 15 years ago.

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  • The National Emergency Library Makes 1.5 Million Books Free to Read Right Now

    While the coronavirus has closed physical libraries in countries all around the world, more resources for books open to the public on the internet. Most recently, we have the Internet Archive’s opening of the National Emergency Library, “a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed”.

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  • What we’re reading: The Idea Factory

    Interesting read about one of the most prolific innovation hubs of the past century and background behind the invention and development of the point-contact transistor which forms the building blocks for pretty much every electronics device we use today and the formation of silicon valley. The inventors, who worked at Bell Labs, won the 1956 Nobel Prize for physics.

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  • What we’re reading: Bad Blood

    Fascinating insight into Theranos from the investigative journalist who broke the story.

    “In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.”

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